“A restraining order may not be a criminal charge, but it can have serious repercussions. You need effective legal representation at your TRO or FRO hearing.”
Travis J. Tormey recently represented a client at a Final Restraining Order (FRO) hearing in the Bergen County Superior Court in Hackensack, NJ. Our client was a married father of two with no prior criminal record. He suffered from depression issues, and the basis for the restraining order was that he had allegedly threatened to commit suicide with a knife in his own home. His wife wrestled the knife away from him, and he was subsequently hospitalized.
Mr. Tormey was able to successfully argue to the judge that there was no domestic violence committed here. Our client’s wife testified that he did not hit her on this occasion or at any other time, and that she was clearly not afraid of our client as she wrestled a knife away from him so that he could not hurt himself. A restraining order was not necessary to protect the wife from the husband. The fact that she was afraid he would kill himself did not mean she was afraid of him or needed protection from him.
The judge agreed and dismissed the temporary restraining order (TRO).